» Man Next Door Allegedly Posted Child Porn Online Says Lakeland Criminal Defense Lawyer, Thomas Grajek

Man Next Door Allegedly Posted Child Porn Online Says Lakeland Criminal Defense Lawyer, Thomas Grajek

Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 6 , 2014 - Neighbors of Christopher Colangelo were dismayed to learn he had been charged with allegedly posting child porn.

“Charlotte County is a relatively quiet place,” says Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek. “Or it was until one man was charged with posting very graphic child pornography on the Internet. While the police may state they have enough evidence to prove the man, 52-year-old, Christopher Colangelo dabbled in child porn, they cannot be certain he was the person who posted the content online and kept it on a computer in the home where he lived.” Nor can police be certain there was not someone else in the home that used the same computer and accessed Mr. Colangelo’s account at Tumblr.

Neighbors in the man’s community are up in arms over the charges, shocked that they live next door to a man that would do something like that, particularly when the neighborhood is a beehive of children playing in the streets and roaming around the area. Evidently the local County Sheriff’s office and an FBI task force raided the man’s home after Tumblr’s online managers filed complaints against the account holder listed at Colangelo’s address. The complaint alleged that the man had uploaded a variety of child porn pictures on Tumblr.

“According to police reports, their raid turned up the same pictures on the man’s computer and a file folder named “young,” indicated Grajek. On the face of the evidence, it could be said that the man appeared to be guilty as charged, with possessing and distributing child porn. “However, this is only circumstantial evidence, or evidence by association. If there is another resident or residents in the home, or others came and used the computer in question, this opens a whole other cans of worms. More so if any other person used or uses the Tumblr account.”

Even though a good case could likely be made for Colangelo at least being aware of what was on his computer, there may be no clear evidence he was actually the person who posted the material online. Anyone facing charges such as this needs to discuss their case with an experienced criminal defense attorney and not volunteer any information to anyone until an attorney has been retained. There are a number of defenses that may be mounted in response to cases such as this one, but the individual charged must be aware that although there may be a credible and reasonable defense, it may not always result in the dismissal of the charges. “However, there are ways to mitigate any sentence handed down,” Grajek pointed out.

Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863.688.4606


View Larger Map

  • What do DUI Field Sobriety Tests look like at the roadside and what is wrong with this DUI video?
    Recently, professional boxer Adrian Broner was arrested in Ohio for Driving Under the Influence.  There was a dash-cam of the stop and of Broner performing Field Sobriety Exercises (FSE’s).  DUI lawyers DO NOT call these Field Sobriety Tests because these unnatural exercises are not a pass/fail test.  The video can be seen here: http://www.tmz.com/2015/04/17/adrien-broner-dui-arrest-video-ohio-rich-famous/ What’s wrong with this DUI investigation?  This DUI arrest was in Ohio by a member of the Ohio State Patrol so the law may be different than in Florida, but she immediately orders him out of the vehicle. In Florida, this may be a violation of […]
  • I am being investigated by the police, should I talk to the police officer BEFORE I get arrested?
    Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murder today.  After days of deliberation the jury returned their guilty verdict.  Why did the jury find him guilty?  The jurors said it was because Hernandez lied to owner Robert Kraft about the incident!  New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft testified that Hernandez told him he was in a club at the time of Lloyd’s death. The problem with this statement was that the prosecution never told the jury exactly when Lloyd was shot.  If the prosecution did not know the time of death, how did Hernandez, unless he was […]
  • NFL 1st round draft prospect arrested for DUI in Florida.
    Former Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams was arrested for driving under the influence in Tallahassee early Friday morning.  He was projected to go in the 1st round of the upcoming NFL draft, but this may cause him to drop to a lower round in the draft.  A DUI or any criminal charge can affect your job too, so if you are arrested call an experienced criminal defense attorney IMMEDIATELY.  There are a number of steps an aggressive criminal lawyer can take to improve your defense to the criminal charge.  Some of these steps include taking photographs of the scene, obtaining witness […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required